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Is there a common word describing a footballer who skilfully dribbles the ball and get past defenders easily?

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    Here in the US, basketball players dribble. There's no dribbling in football here. But there IS dribbling in soccer. – Steven Littman May 12 '16 at 17:51
  • In what context? Everything is relative... If I go up against a bunch of kids, I'd be considered an extremely good player (in comparison)... Can you clarify your question? – Othya May 12 '16 at 17:58
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Essentially, you're looking for superlatives to describe a certain attribute, not a word to actually define that attribute.

You could use the adjectives "tricky", "fancy", "agile", etc. to describe "dribbling" but you are unbounded in your search for superlatives about a player. You can pick any number of suitable words here.

Even if you pick just one article about Lionel Messi, you will find a wealth of words, similes, metaphors and phrases used to describe his ability.

In short, there isn't one word to describe a good dribbler. But you can come up with plenty.

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  • Thanks a lot. You're right. After detailed research, I haven't found one word to describe such a player. – mido mido Jun 1 '16 at 17:43
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I've heard phrases used like "fancy footwork" and "dancing through the defense" and "talented player".

fancy footwork - the action of a skilled attacker who moves their feet quickly and in the right way so as to guide the ball around the defense

dancing through the defense - the movement of a skilled attacker who dodges defenders to reach the goal

talented player - a generic description to describe the skill of the player in a positive light.

Basically, there is no single "common word" per say, however analogies are often drawn to liken the movement of the players legs to dancing or moving at speed.

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"A Stanley Matthews". But this would only be comprehensible to Brits of a certain age. He was known as "The wizard of dribble".

This style of football has rather gone out of fashion, but I have heard the runs some modern exponents make described as “mazey”.

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